Quote Originally Posted by rugcat View Post
That is indeed a problem. Certainly sexual impropriety as well as other forms of corruption are not limited to any one party. But if one party is diligent in following up and rooting out even the most minor of offenses, where as the other party refuses to take action on even the most egregious cases, the end result will be a consolidation of power for those who do nothing.

For one party to say "we're not going to do anything about it because the other party won't do anything either" doesn't seem to be the kind of "solution" that is even faintly acceptable.

On the other hand, grabbing the moral high ground and losing all chance of influencing important policy doesn't seem like a great idea either.

The ideal of course, would be for voters to recognize the difference between the attitudes of the two parties and make their displeasure known by voting accordingly. Right now, that's nothing but a wistful fantasy.
It seems to me that people so lost to human decency that they protect child rapists and sexual predators in order to clutch to power do not actually make for effective governments.

Please note the utter failure of this government to pass any meaningful legislation so far, not even their biggest pet projects, despite having a total lock on power in two branches of government, despite having done many questionable things and allied with many questionable people in order to seize power.

Yes, they can, have, and will do great harm and cause great suffering.

But that is not an argument to follow their example. There are better ways of dealing with cheats and frauds than by cheating and defrauding back.

I am not talking about some sort of symbolic seizing of moral high ground or other such chimerical gestures.

I am talking about the sheer practical reality that liars and criminals make for terrible governance, and a race to the bottom will only increase misery and suffering.

I will not give up on human kindness and decency and the American dream. Governing is done best by honest people who care.